The Super Bowl might still be two weeks away, but the Philadelphia Eagles are wasting no time in getting to work. They’ve already taken steps to revamp the coaching staff and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. We’ve made a handy schedule of key dates to put in your calendars, so you’ll never miss a beat with the Eagles this offseason.
February 1st: East-West Shrine Bowl
Location: Frisco, Texas
Where to watch: 8:00 PM EST/5:00 PM PST on NFL Network
The first of several prospect showcases this offseason, the East-West Shrine Bowl is held in Texas and streamed on NFL Network. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with some potential future Eagles. Isiah Pacheco featured in the game last year, while Baltimore wideout Zay Flowers was also a Shrine Bowl participant. Both players of course played in the AFC Championship this past weekend.
Expect Howie Roseman to have his binoculars on standby as his scouts start to hone in on some NFL-ready talent.
February 3rd: Senior Bowl
If you can’t get enough of prospect showcases, the Reeses Senior Bowl takes place just days after the East-West Shrine Bowl. This is the higher-profile event of the two, traditionally held in Mobile, Alabama, and also streamed on NFL Network.
The obvious memory for Eagles fans will be remembering Carson Wentz competing in this game. There are often some brilliant small-school sleepers who emerge here, breaking out in a big way and drawing some eyes ahead of the NFL Combine and Pro Day workouts. If you want to find the stats of tomorrow, February 3rd is a good place to start.
February 11th: Super Bowl
The Kansas City Chiefs will be looking to retain their Super Bowl crown, becoming only the ninth team in 58 years to repeat as Champions. Standing in their way will be the San Francisco 49ers, who were able to claw their way back from the brink of destruction against the Lions.
February 20th: Tag, you’re it
As the beginning of the new league year approaches, the Eagles will have an opportunity to use franchise tags or transition tags on players set to leave. The Birds have 17 players currently set to hit the open market, with some of the key names being:
C Jason Kelce
DT Fletcher Cox
DE Brandon Graham
RB D’Andre Swift
While it’s unlikely any of these players get tagged, it’s certainly something to keep an eye on.
February 27th – March 4th: NFL Scouting Combine
Now the fun begins. The NFL Scouting Combine, held in Indianapolis, takes place during the final week of February. Streamed on NFL Network, this is what many consider to be the first real cornerstone in an NFL offseason, with all of this year’s top prospects going through physical drills and meetings with potential suitors as the draft evaluation process begins.
It’s a good time to bring your notebooks from the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine game!
March 11th-13th: Legal tampering
Everyone’s favorite period. What’s the point in calling it ‘legal tampering’? Just allow players to talk to prospective teams and let chaos run riot.
anyway, legal tampering opens, which means that the Eagles will be able to enter contract negotiations with AGENTS of players who are set to become free agents when the new league year begins.
March 13th: NFL Free Agency – start of new league year
When the clock strikes 4PM EST on March 13th, chaos begins. Free agency opens and all hell breaks loose. The frenzy to sign the biggest names on the market begins, and the Eagles should have ample cap space to work with, making them players to land a splash-signing or two.
April 15th: Offseason workouts
This date will vary depending on the team, but this is the official first day when NFL teams can begin offseason workouts. Nick Sirianni is typically very flexible with his offseason regiment, but I wonder if such a horrid end to the year will prompt a different approach this time around.
April 19th: RFA Deadline
The Eagles only have one restricted free agent this year – TE Jack Stoll. The deadline for him to be tagged or signed by the Eagles is April 19th.
April 25th to 27th: 2024 NFL Draft
The jewel in the crown of the offseason is the NFL Draft, which will take place in Detroit this year. The draft will start at 8PM EST on the 25th and last the entire weekend. Every mock draft, every prospect showcase, combine drill, it all leads to this.
As things stand, the Eagles have the following picks for the upcoming NFL Draft:
1st round: 22nd overall
2nd round: Eagles’ pick & Saints pick (following the big trade that got them two first-rounders last year)
3rd round: compensatory pick
5th round: Vikings pick
5th round: 3x projected compensatory picks
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